Ribbon Weaving a Wicker Easter Basket

Ribbon Weaving a Wicker Easter Basket

Many years ago, I regularly created blog posts for the now-defunct Good Life Blog. That was the blog for the Goodwill region where we used to live in South Carolina. One of those projects involved some ribbon weaving on a wicker Easter basket. Simple and sweet, it was an easy project that anyone could do and worked perfectly as an Easter Basket centerpiece.Read more ›

Mirrored Tray from a Picture Frame

Mirrored Tray from a Picture Frame

As a fun change of pace, the Charlotte Region ReStores had asked me to develop a project that celebrated the Pantone Color of the Year for 2022 (“Very Peri”). There were lots of ways I could go about this, but I didn’t just want to do a simple periwinkle makeover. So, I decided to take it one step further and upcycle a small picture frame from one of their thrift stores into a mirrored tray.Read more ›

Painting a Brass Lamp

Painting a Brass Lamp

When I published my latest “Thrift the Look” adventure, I mentioned a project from my earliest blogging days. It involved painting a brass lamp, but wasn’t very popular at the time. So, I removed the tutorial from my blog, but kept the painted lamp. And when I floated the idea of republishing the tutorial, the positive response was overwhelming!Read more ›

Shamrock Decor from Vintage Wooden Bowls

Shamrock Decor from Vintage Wooden Bowls

As much as I love Ireland and even traveled there in my 20s, I REALLY haven’t done many Celtic-influenced projects. For St. Patrick’s Day or otherwise! But the upcycling fates clearly had plans for me to make some shamrock decor. Because I kept finding these vintage wooden bowls that were clover- or shamrock-shaped in my thrifting path.Read more ›

Hygge Candles for a Cozy Home

Hygge Candles for a Cozy Home

Winter is winding down in my neck of the woods, but I wanted to squeeze in one more cozy project. And it just happens to be a project idea that was originally slated for my book, “Crafting with Flannel”. I simply ran out of time during the book-writing process to include these Hygge candles, so I’m sharing them with you on the blog instead!Read more ›

Mid Century Eclectic Decor from the Thrift Store

Mid Century Eclectic Decor from the Thrift Store

I can’t believe it’s been nearly two years since my last “Thrift the Look” challenge, but indeed it has! As you can imagine, ongoing crises have limited our thrifting time. But I’m SO EXCITED to share with you my latest version: Eclectic Decor. And since you may recall the new decor talk from my recent house post, I specifically focused on mid century eclectic decor.Read more ›

Upcycling a Bamboo Tray with Blueprint Paper

Upcycling a Bamboo Tray with Blueprint Paper

Several years ago, I found this bamboo tray at the Goodwill Bins (aka, the Goodwill Outlet). Even though it wasn’t all that special, I knew it was a blank canvas that I could have fun with- someday. I just didn’t know when that day would come.Read more ›

Greeting Card Holder

Greeting Card Holder

Since I work with Habitat ReStore so closely, I am always challenging myself to come up with upcycling ideas for some of their more commonly found items. Like these Christmas ornaments that I made for them a couple of years ago. Today, however, I decided to do the same with a vent register, which they always have in stock. It seemed like the perfect piece to use as a paper sorter of sorts; or more specifically, a greeting card holder.Read more ›

35+ Embroidery Hoop Crafts

35+ Embroidery Hoop Crafts

Embroidery hoops are one of those things that are easy to find at thrift stores and yard sales, aren’t they? And they have just so many applications! Obviously, cross stitch and embroidery come to mind right away. But there are a LOT of other embroidery hoop crafts out there that are worth mentioning, especially for upcyclers like you and me.Read more ›

Tree Embroidery on a Steamer Pot Insert

Tree Embroidery on a Steamer Pot Insert

Back in the summer when I first thrifted this steamer pot insert, I intended on making something Christmas-y with it. The strainer holes reminded me of a Christmas tree, after all. But the holiday season came and went before I could get to it! So, I decided to revamp my idea of tree embroidery on it as January decor instead.Read more ›